Pan-Canadian Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Bus Demonstration and Integration Trial

Phase 1 of this national, multi-year project will put into use hydrogen-fuel-cell electric buses. In this trial, three to four cities will work with Canada’s manufacturers and academic researchers to achieve the following:

  • Launch and monitor 30 hydrogen-fuel-cell electric buses for a full life cycle (up to 18 years);
  • Design and use low-emissions hydrogen fueling stations and fueling networks, based on the green model of Enbridge-Hydrogenics in Markham, Ontario.

Hydrogen-fuel-cell technology can reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Hydrogen generation (using rapid-response electrolysis) could be an effective solution for storing and balancing surplus power on the grid.

Intellectual Property and Research Outcomes

We recruited seven universities and colleges for our National Advisory Committee for Zero-Emissions Buses for research related to alternate transit systems, including cybersecurity, performance, design, and consumer acceptance. We expect outcomes that:

  • Show how hydrogen fuel cell electric buses operate on roads and along routes, including how much hydrogen they consume; 
  • Assess the cybersecurity of the buses; 
  • Show how hydrogen buses can be made to operate more cheaply than diesel buses;
  • Design standards for harmonized hydrogen fuelling systems operations for heavy-duty vehicles. 

Intellectual Property and Research Outcomes

CUTRIC has created an advisory committee composed of three research institutes that conduct research related to hydrogen-fuel-cell electric buses and fueling systems, including their operation, design, and consumer acceptance. 

The aim of the National Advisory Committee for Zero Emissions Buses is to:

  • Develop CloudTransit™ for cloud-based data storage and analysis to measure and assess real-time operations, improve specifications for buying, and share data across cities;
  • Compare actual performance with potential performance, nationally and regionally, for Canadian standards for heavy-duty fuel-cell vehicles, fueling, and storage; and
  • Reduce hydrogen costs for transit agencies and connect hydrogen production networks.

Project Manager: Aditya Ramesh  ([email protected])

Industry Partners

ABB Group Ballard Power Systems Inc. Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. Hydrogenics New Flyer Industries

Transit Partners

Post-Secondary Partners

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) Centennial College York University